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Greek portraits and marble heads, Ptolemaic and Hellenistic periods, Romanesque and Gothic sculptures...
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Romanesque Virgin of Cerdanya. France or Northern Spain.
Rare and beautiful Romanesque enthroned Virgin from the 12th century. Our Virgin can easily be identified as a Romanesque virgin from the Pyrenees, from Cerdanya, a region of Catalonia shared between France and Spain. The Virgin carries the child on her left knee, Christ holding the globe in his left hand. The missing right arm was to give the blessing.
Remains of polychromy show that the Virgin wore a golden pectoral. The back is full, slightly hollowed out of the bench-throne.
The dress of the Virgin, with very vertical folds, confirms our dating, as do the faces of the Virgin and of Christ, which bring our majesty closer to the black Virgin of Belloc preserved in the church of Saint-Jean de Dorres and dated from the 12th century.
Provenance: ex Sotheby's.
Niklaus Weckmann. Saint John. Carved linden.
Large Saint John in sculpted linden, hollow back. South Germany, workshop of Niclaus Weckmann in Ulm towards the end of the 15th century. Our Saint John presents all the characteristics of the style of the master of Ulm: the expressive face with emaciated features, the delicately sculpted and openwork hair with its striated and wavy locks. The coat features fringe and pleats with characteristic crocheted appendages and triangle tips. The hollowed back also shows the mark of the master: the woodpecker hole digged at the back of the skull, characteristic of Weckmann.
Head of an apostle or a prophet. Carved marble.
Superb head of an apostle by an Italian master from the end of the 13th century or beginning of the 14th century. Beautiful wavy beard, almond eyes, well marked cheekbones.
Enthroned Virgin XIIIth century.
Enthroned Virgin in carved walnut, hollow back. Seated on a bench-throne, her bust erect, Mary carries the Child on her left knee in a frontal position; oval face with protruding eyes stretched towards the temples, pointed chin, thin-lipped mouth; head wearing a crown placed on a veil descending to the shoulders; she is dressed in a dress with a simple neckline, belted at the waist, and a coat with open sides. Dressed in a long tunic, the Child, with mid-length hair with curved ends, is also crowned.
Enthroned Virgin. French Catalonia - Maria Lactans
Rare wooden polychrome Virgin and Child from the Fenouillèdes region representing Virgo Lactans. Before this discovery, only 3 medieval nursing madonnas were known in the Pyrénées Orientales. Our Virgin is distinguished by the quality of its execution, the preservation of its polychromy and a known origin. Mary is seated on the throne with a gentle and mysterious air. The Child on his knees holds the Book on and raises the index and middle fingers of his right hand.
Head of an apostle, Gothic period. Paris or Ile de France.
Important head of an apostle statue. Long and antiquating features. Erosion due to long exposure to the elements observable on the hair. Limestone deposits. Exceptional sculpture, probably Paris, 13th century.
Madonna and Child. 14th century Parisian workshops.
Very beautiful Virgin and Child in oak characteristic of the corpus of Ile de France workshops from the beginning of the 14th century, particularly illustrated by the work of ivory or monumental sculpture .
Our Virgin is a rare example of carved wood using these canons. Beautiful face of the Virgin with ample volumes on the drapes, elegance of the posture characteristic of these workshops.
Historiated Romanesque capital. Sculpture in high relief.
Very important engaged capital from the Romanesque period depicting Saint-Thomas and the Christ between two columns. On the side faces, holy women under Romanesque arches.
Romanesque capital sculpted on all sides. Important Romanesque capital decorated with masks.
This rare capital of the first Romanesque art presents an ox mask on one side, a monster mask on the adjacent side and two rosettes on the other sides. The basket is decorated with plant motifs and acanthus leaves.
Queen marble head. Greek Art Alexandria. Queen Arsinoe II Hellenistic period
Marble head, portrait of the queen Arsinoe II as Aphrodite. The hair is incomplete because it was made in stucco following the Alexandrian custom, due to the rarity of Greek marble in the capital of Hellenistic Egypt. Ptolemaic period. Arsinoe II was deified in the guise of Aphrodite after her death in 270 BC
Colonnette. First Gothic art.
Rare and beautiful column with carved mythical creatures in a floral backdrop mixed with geometric patterns. This beautiful column undoubtedly comes from a Gothic portal. The romanesque influence is still very noticeable.
Head of crowned king. Romanesque art.
An exceptional plastic in the Cluny tradition. Part probably coming from a portal or arch. Burgundy, first quarter of the 12th century, to compare with the works of the masters of Vezelay and Autun.
Important pre-romanesque capital. Carolingian sculpture.
Large pre-romanesque capital with two birds facing each other turning away. Interlacing frieze on the basket.
Virgin and Child. Normandy or Ile de France, end of the 13th century.
Important virgin with gothic child. A style still imbued with mysticism for this great virgin in limestone. Gilding and traces of polychromy.
We give our favorites here, to illustrate the subjects and eras that fascinate us: archaic or classical Cypriot sculpture, Hellenistic Greek sculptures and Ptolemaic Egypt, and of course the Roman period. Middle Ages is not left out with Romanesque and Gothic artworks. Discover the other pieces from our collections in the thematic menus.
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